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Post at: Aug 13 2021

India to host the first Internet Governance Forum

Recent Context

  • Recently, on 09 August 2021, National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) and the Chairman of Coordination Committee, announced the launch of India Internet Governance Forum (IIGF) -2021.
  • India Internet Governance Forum 2021 (IGF), will be organised at New Delhi planned for three days, starting from 20th October, 2021.

Theme

  • The theme of this year's meeting is Inclusive Internet for Digital India.

About IIGF

  • It's an Internet Governance policy discussion platform to bring representatives together from various groups, considering all at par to discuss public policy issues related to the Internet.
  • With this announcement, the Indian chapter of the United Nations-based forum namely the Internet Governance Forum has begun.
  • This mode of engagement is referred to as the multi-stakeholder model of Internet Governance, which has been the key feature for the Internet's success.
  • Multi Stakeholder concept is well adopted by IGF (Internet Governance Forum) under United Nations and by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Advantage for India

  • India is the second-largest broadband subscription country in the world and also has the highest data consumption per user per month. Therefore, the aspirations of the Indians should be reflected in international policy formation and stakeholder discussion.
  • India Internet Governance Forum is the correct initiative for the country to ensure that the growth of broadband adheres to the lifestyle and requirements of the Indian community.
  • The coordination committee of the IIGF will include representation from civil society, government, industry, industrial association, trust, and other stakeholders.

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